Verizon CEO: Sanders spreading 'uninformed,' 'contemptible' views
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The CEO of Verizon slammed Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez's 2nd grade teacher tells her 'you've got this' ahead of DNC speech Trump and allies grapple with how to target Harris Chris Wallace: Kamala Harris 'not far to the left despite what Republicans are gonna try to say' MORE in a statement Wednesday, calling the Democratic presidential candidate's views "contemptible."

Lowell McAdam published a statement on LinkedIn on Wednesday, titled "Feeling The Bern of Reality -- The Facts About Verizon and The 'Moral Economy.'"


"Verizon is in Sanders’s bull’s-eye, as well," he wrote. "The senator’s uninformed views are, in a word, contemptible. Here’s why."

McAdam denied accusations that Verizon doesn't pay its fair share of taxes, saying the company has paid more than $15.6 billion in taxes over the last two years. He also defended Verizon against Sanders's claims that the company doesn't use its profits to benefit America.

"Again, a look at the facts says otherwise," he wrote.

"In the last two years, Verizon has invested some $35 billion in infrastructure — virtually all of it in the U.S. — and paid out more than $16 billion in dividends to the millions of average Americans who invest in our stock."

He touted Verizon as one of the top three capital investors in corporate America, saying the company's investment has helped to build networks that deliver "high-quality services, create high-tech jobs and form the infrastructure for the innovation economy of the 21st century."

"I challenge Sen. Sanders to show me a company that’s done more to invest in America than Verizon," he wrote.

McAdam said Sanders claimed that Verizon was demanding that workers take pay cuts and reduce their health benefits unless they wanted to have their jobs shipped overseas. He said the company's proposals actually call for preserving competitive wages and benefits while "addressing the needs of our ever-changing benefits."

"Sen. Sanders has also involved himself in our on-going negotiations with the labor unions representing some 36,000 communications workers in our wireline business, a bargaining process that has been going on since last June," the statement said.

"Again, Sen. Sanders is wrong on the facts. More egregiously, he oversimplifies the complex forces operating in today’s technologically advanced and hyper-competitive economy."

He wrote that rhetoric gets "heated" in a presidential campaign and that it's easy to target big companies, but argued that Sanders's claims were not based in reality.

"When rhetoric becomes disconnected from reality, we’ve crossed a dangerous line. We deserve better from people aspiring to be President," he wrote.

"At the very least, we should demand that candidates base their arguments on the facts … even when they don’t fit their campaign narratives."  

The statement comes as Sanders joined thousands of Verizon workers Wednesday on the picket line. The workers' strike began Wednesday morning.